Bike and Hike is a very special program of SOLS. Students, enthusiast of Cycling and Hiking can choose this program in this they go cycling and Hiking with wilderness camping.
Cycling/Mountain biking and Hiking program offers an individual the chance to explore the environment, flora , fauna and natural beauty at leisure. A bicycle tour in the Himalayan Mountains or around wildlife parks is one of the best ways to experience and understand the beauty, diversity and the captivating charm of the Western Himalaya.
3 days and 2 night’s
Day 01: Arrival in Manali – Cycling from Naggar to Jana
Participants arrive in Manali by morning. After breakfast we drive to Naggar for about 18 kms. From Naggar we start our cycle to Jana about 15 kms (4-5 hrs) Initial 5 kms are flat and gradual there after it’s all uphill till Jana.
The trail from Naggar to Jana is magnificent; we pass through beautiful village called Nashala where lots of Bollywood films like krish, the Hero, Heena etc shootings come about. We also pass through deodar and pine forest taking the glimpse of majestic Dhauladhar range.
We would pedal till the settlement of Jana today. Camp setup and organizing various camp tasks would be everybody's responsibility. In Jana, we perceive natural waterfall that is a great sight to watch. Just close to the fall, there is a local restaurant where we experience the Local Pahari food for Dinner.
Overnight in the Dome tents at Jana.
Day 02: Jana – Bijli Mahadev temple 16 kms (5 – 6 hrs)
Today it’s a muddy and gradual trail .ideal for cycling. The entire trail we pass through pine forest taking the glimple of Dhauladhar Range. We stop over at Matti Kochar for picnic lunch. Rest for some time and head to Bijli Mahadev which is right on the top of mountain.
Bijli Mahadev Temple is one of the sacred temples of Himachal Pradesh, Bijli Mahadev Temple is located at one of the beautiful locales in Kullu. Nestled amidst the green Himalayas, from the site of Bijli Mahadev Temple, one can get to see panoramic views of the Kullu valley.
After settling in the tents we go to the temple and take blessings of Lord Shiva. There after we are at leisure and enjoy the nature at its best. Dinner around the merry bonfire and Overnight in the Dome tents at Bijli Mahadev.
Day 03: Bijli Mahadev - Kais
Today we paddle back on the same trail till the village called Soyal, 5 kms before Jana. We fork away from the main route. After the disconnect from the main route it’s all downhill till Kais. Today we will cover about 20 kms distance and the entire trail would take us around 6 – 7 hrs. From Kais we shall get transferred to Manali in Sumo or Rhino car.
8 nights and 9 days
Day 01: Arrival In Manali
Participants arrive in Manali by morning. We meet the participants at the bus stand, and transfer them to the hotel where accommodation is booked for the team. The hotel is few kilometers ahead of Manali town, in a very peaceful and scenic location. After the check-in procedure is completed, rooms are allotted, and participants take couple of hours to freshen up and relax. In the late afternoon, we have an orientation session with all the participants to discuss the plan and arrangements of the expedition that we are to undertake. A short visit to the town is also planned to pickup any last minute purchases that anyone might have. Overnight is at hotel.
Day 02: Acclimatization and test out Mountain Bike and other camping equipment
After breakfast, all participants are taken for an acclimatization hike to the Jogin waterfall near Vashisth. The hike will be uphill, passing through forests. The waterfall is a massive one, and the visit would be appreciated. After lunch, the mountain bikes and other gear are reviewed, and adjustments and basic customizations needed are done so as to suit the equipment to the individual participant's needs. All camping gear, rations and any other gear which is expected to be needed would be packed in the support vehicle today itself to save time on the next day morning.
Day 03: Manali ( 2010 Mtrs ) to Marhi ( 3300 Mtrs ) approximately 35 kms
An early morning start on the cycles to beat the usually heavy traffic on the Rohtang road is needed. We would pedal till the settlement of Marhi today. Camp setup and organizing various camp tasks would be everybody's responsibility. Marhi is a vast gentle to steep sloped grassland across which the road winds up towards the Rohtang pass. Marhi has lot of Dhabas and road side eateries, and is primarily a stop over for the tourists who visit Rohtang Pass. In the day time it is very crowded, however in evenings the place is deserted, apart from the shopkeepers who stay back.
Day 04: Marhi to Rohtang Pass ( 3980 Mtrs ) to Chatru ( 3360 Mtrs ) approx 57 kms
Today would be a long and strenuous day. We would climb the Rohtang pass, and descend on the other side. The journey would be a transformation of the sceneries from greenery to stark dry landscape. Rohtang pass acts like a rain barrier, and most of the clouds lose their moisture at its altitude. So the land on the other side of Rohtang, is largely dry and arid. The descent is going to be steep, however traffic would diminish considerably. From Grampho, which is at the bottom of the pass, the road would fork to right side for Spiti. From here the road is not metalled, and is a dirt path, or rocky patches. We would set camp near Chatru.
Day 05: Chatru to Batal ( 3990 Mtrs ) approximately 32 kms
This is a near level route. The track would pass besides the torrid flow of Chandra River at several places. The views of huge hanging glaciers and snow clad peaks would be some of the highlights of today's journey. Batal is a small stopover kind of place for travelers to Spiti. Our camp would be near Batal for tonight. This is a windy camp, and the altitude gives a magnificent view of towering Himalayas all around.
Day 06: Batal to Chandratal Lake ( 4270 Mtrs ) approximately 12 kms
From Batal we cycle further on the road to Kaza. After a couple of kilometers, the route to Chandratal Lake would fork away from the main road. After this disconnect from the main route, the lake is about 10 kms away. The road is very narrow dusty and jeep worthy. On your left the views of the nascent part of Chandra river is awesome, as one sees countless rivulets crisscrossing the river bed, forming islands and deltas. The lake is a kidney shaped lake with small meadows around it at most of the places. It is a very beautiful water body, which has every changing colors of its reflection. It is known as the jewel of Spiti. We would camp towards the north side of the lake where the meadow is the widest.
Day 07:Rest day at Chandratal Lake
A rest day at the lake is worth spending. We have a relaxed morning. A walk around the lake can be an activity of interest to some. The landscape is dry, rocky and has a sharp contrast when one looks near the lake and at the horizons.
Day 08: Chandratal Lake to Manali by vehicle
Our return journey starts, we would be transported by surface transport to Manali. Expected arrival in Manali would be by evening. Overnight in Manali would be at hotel.
Day 09: DepartureAfternoon check out from the hotel and depart for the onward destination.
4 nights and 5 days
Day 1:Delhi - Camp, warm-up bike ride
Assemble at the school at 0500 hrs. Depart for New Delhi Railway Station at 0530 hrs. Board Delhi-Dehradun Shatabdi Express train at 0655 hrs. Arrive at Haridwar Railway Station at 1115 hrs. Meet, assist and transfer to the Camp by a Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative.
Camp welcome and orientation talk by the camp manager on arrival. Lunch at the camp. Post lunch tent allocation followed by a warm-up cycle ride. We walk for about 15 minutes to the starting point of the bike ride. The students will then get to try their hand at the mountain bikes with the intention of getting comfortable and familiar with the gear system. The ride will be along an isolated mountain road (mettle) with occasional vehicle movement.We return to the camp for tea. Post tea, leisure time and students settle in. Dinner around a merry camp fire. Overnight at the camp.
Day 2: Yoga, Bindwasni Temple hike, cycling
Early wake up call followed by a yoga session. Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast, we drive for about two hours and then hike up for about 30 minutes to Bindwasini Temple, to get a bird's eye view of the Rajaji National Park. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, an incarnate of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. On the way back, students can spend some time at leisure by a stream.
Picnic lunch by the stream. Post lunch, we start our cycling session in the buffer zone of Rajaji National Park. The cycling trail takes you through vegetation of several distinct zones and various forest types such as sal forests, riverine forests, broad-leaved mixed forests and scrub-land. The start of the ride will be on a forest road (not mettle) for about an hour and then we ride along a mettle road along the Ganga canal, for about another hour. We conclude the cycling at the barrage and board the waiting coaches to drive back to the Stream camp.
Arrive at the camp for tea. Evening at leisure in the camp. Dinner around a merry campfire. Overnight at the Camp.
Day 3: Cycling, Stream fooling and wall climbing
Early wake up call followed by breakfast. Post breakfast, we drive for about 20 km to the starting point of the days cycling ride. The drive takes us to the top of the ridge from where we will start our descend back to the camp. The ride is along an isolated mettle road with occasional vehicle movement. Stop enroute at a water fall. Arrive at the camp for lunch.
Post lunch, the students get to spend some time in the stream, flowing along the camp and try their hand at rock climbing on an artificial wall at the camp. This would be done using the state of the art equipment and under strict supervision of our outdoor instructors. Conclude by tea.
Evening at leisure. Dinner around a merry campfire. Overnight at the Camp.
Day 4:Waterfall trek with packed lunch – full day (Trek Time: 5 hours)
Wake up at leisure followed by breakfast. Post breakfast, we drive for about 15 minutes to the start point of the trek. The first half of the trek is an uphill climb. After about 30 minutes of hiking we take a short detour to a nearby waterfall. At the waterfall the students can observe stalactites formations. It is also a good opportunity for some photographs.
After a short break at the waterfall we get back to the trail and continue our gradual ascent. The trail passes through a typical hill village called Patna. At the village the students can find a variety of fruit trees and fields of local seasonal crops. We walk past two schools en route to another village called Simal Khet – the highest point of our trek. Picnic lunch at a vantage point, which offers a panoramic view of the valley and the Ganga River. Post lunch, we descend for about 2 hours, visiting an Ashram on the way back to the camp.
While on the trail, we come across indigenous vegetation. Some of the trees found are Bhimal, Rohini (Can check with the camp for more details).
Evening at leisure at the camp followed by dinner. Overnight at the Camp.
Day 5: Cycling, Camp – Delhi
Wake up at leisure followed by breakfast. Post breakfast, we walk to the road head for another session of cycling. The cycling is along an isolated mettle mountain road. Return to the camp for lunch. Post lunch, the students are given time to pack their backs.
We drive to Haridwar Railway Station around 1530 hours to board the Dehradun Shatabdi Express train at 1800 hrs. Arrive in Delhi at 2230 hrs. Meet and transfer to the school by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative.